Is it specifically white Angelinos--residents of America's most distrustful city--that insist on burying their heads in the sand, tenaciously hanging on to the mythical belief in zero group differences, or is it endemic among white America? Guilt-stricken white America's intentions are about as good as they can possibly be, but in the words of Ned Flanders:
Well my family and I can't live in good intentions, Marge! Oh, your family's out of control, but we can't blame you, because you have gooooooooood intentions!
From the work he's been doing on Putnam, Steve Sailer links to the the Harvard professor's LA data. Looking through it (see page 3), the section on interracial trust demonstrates just how quixotic whites living in a sea of 'vibrant' conurbation often are. While blacks, Hispanics, and Asian Americans have varying amounts of trust for the various racial groups, whites blandly either trust everyone or are suspicious of everyone: 11% of whites do not trust other whites, 12% do not trust blacks, 11% do not trust Asians, and 11% do not trust Hispanics.
This is a depressing illustration of how far Americans of European descent have to go before they'll collectively take a hard look at demographic changes in the US and what they mean for the nation's future, looking vainly for solutions in everything from more money for education to more money spent on diversity training. Even with so much evidence available as to how important race is at the macro-level, white America remains oblivious (at least when anyone else is watching, reading, or listening).
A friend of mine, who has quite the misanthropic streak, frequently attempts to bail himself out of situations where he's pushed the envelope too far with a particularly acute ethnic- or gender-based comment, by maintaining "I'm not racist/sexist, I hate everyone equally." Even the politically incorrect South Park, cultishly popular among white college students, promotes itself as a show that makes fun of everyone and everything with equality, leaving no one out. Other laissez faire buddies who don't like putting up with the need-for-diversity-and-equality-at-the-same-time crap (NZ Conservative has a great take on this common phenomenon) protect themselves with economic arguments that proxy for the things they'd like to point out but don't dare to.
A couple other interesting notables:
- Blacks trust Hispanics the most (more so than other blacks even), though Hispanics trust blacks the least.
- Over twice as many Asians distrust blacks as distrust everyone else, the greatest proportional gap of all the combinations of group-to-group levels of mistrust. I suspect much of this comes from the LA riots and the black-led boycotts of enterprising Koreans operating in crummy areas of the city.
- Relatedly, while Asians get high marks by whites, Hispanics, and other Asians (solely or tied for the most trusted racial group by all three), blacks trust them the least. This likely stems in part from what's mentioned above--Koreans (and other Asians such as Indians) frequently operating businesses in mostly black areas, creating a feeling among blacks that these Asians are stealing their jobs and ripping them off.